History of Bangladesh Society for surgery of the HAND
After liberation of Bangladesh our health system started growing fulfilling the basic needs and post war complication. Ortho-surgery and Plastic surgery begun in 1975 but there was no conception of hand surgery in Bangladesh. We had only One Hand Surgeon “Prof. R R Kairy” who had taken training in Hand surgery from NUH Singapore in 1988.
Rapid industrialization came with rapid increase in incidence of hand injury. Unfortunately, there was least knowledge and conception about the special management among surgeons regarding Hand injury cases. Maltreatment of Hand and tendon injury cases lead to poor result and finally a lot of case ended up with CRIPPLE Hand.
Encouraged by Dr. S Raja Sabapathy and Prof. Bhaskaranand Kumar at ISSH conference in Gangtok, 2004 to start a Hand society in Bangladesh, on 18 August 2005, a historic meeting was held in the Office room of Prof. RR Kairy at NITOR attended by Prof. RR Kairy, Dr. Md. Abul Kalam. Dr Sk. Abbasuddin, Dr. Monowarul Islam, Dr. OFG Kibria, Dr Shaymol C Debnath Dr. ASM Monirul Alam, Dr. Shah M.H Rahman, Dr. Sajedur Reza Faruquee. It was agreed upon to form a Society for Surgery of the Hand with the objective
- To Promote and Direct the Development of Hand Surgery in Bangladesh
- To foster and coordinate education and research in Hand surgery.
- To have trained manpower, arrange instructional hand course and
- To send young surgeons abroad for training.
- To establish an independent specialty in future.
In the year 2006, after ample discussion with members of both Plastic and Orthopedic surgery a convening committee having Prof. R R Kairy as Convenor and Dr. A S M Monirul Alam as Member secretary was formed. All interested Orthopaedic and Plastic surgeons who are keen on care of the injured hand was asked to become the member of the Society. Later that year A draft Constitution and By Laws were formulated and an Executive Committee was form with Prof R R Kairy as founder President, Prof Abul Kalam founder Vice President and Dr. A S M Monirul Alam as founder Hon. Secretary. Our journey started with 27 Life Members with a logo designed By Dr. Shah M H Rahman.
Functionally positioned two hand of a surgeon protecting the national emblem and aiding growth.
First National Conference BDSSHCON-06 was organized on 25th November 2006 with 27 podium presentation by national surgeons and was attended by 125 surgeons. There was no foreign faculty. Frist Executive committee came into being in the first AGM. A dedicated Hand clinic was officially started at National institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation. Scientific meeting of BDSSH termed “BDSSHCON” is organized annually since then and is attended by on average 150+surgeons and includes a good number of foreign faculty as well.
Officially with Dr O F G Kibria in Stanly Hospital Chennai in 2004 under G Balakrishnan and later with Dr Sajedur Reza Faruquee in 2006 in Ganga Hospital Coimbatore under S Raja Sabapathy structured training in hand surgery ensued. since then, more than 25 surgeons have been trained different countries abroad.
Delegates of BDSSH Joined IFSSH congress at Sydney in 2007 and became
the 50th Member nation of IFSSH since 2008 in Delegates meeting at Geneva
and our membership increased to 63. Joined in APFSSH conference in CEBU and become member of APSSH in 2017. Now every year Delegates of BDSSH are attending conferences in UK, Germany, Singapore, India, Thailand, Australia actively with scientific papers. Despite corona 5 surgeon attended APFSSH meet at Melbourne in 2020.
Govt. recognize Hand surgery as separate entity. Now there is more than 42 post of Resident surgeon to Professor in Govt. Medical Colleges. There is a Hand Surgery wing in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University under Prof K P Das and Hand Clinic at National institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation currently under Prof Jahangir is serving the nation for last 14 years. A course in hand surgery has started at Sheikh Hasina institute of Burns and Plastic Surgery with a dedicated Hand outdoor clinic. Hand care center is coming up gradually in private sector too notably under Dr O F G Kibria in Squire Hospital and under Prof A S M M Alam in Dhaka Community Medical College Hospital. Now our total member stands at101.
2006-2017 : Founder President Prof R R Kairy and Honarary Secretary Dr. ASM Monirul Alam
2018 to date : President Prof Abul Kalam and Hon Secretary Dr Sajedur Reza Faruquee
Executive Body Bangladesh Society for Surgery of the Hand Year since 2018
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